Many crosswords sites provide interactive puzzles in "Across format". This is to explain what the "Across format" is, and how to use it for solving crosswords interactively.
A puzzle in Across format is one that can be viewed and solved interactively with the software Across Lite. You can recognize an Across Lite puzzle by the .PUZ file extension.
What does Across Lite do?
For crossword solvers, Across Lite enables interactive solving. It works for .PUZ crosswords stored on the hard disk as well as crosswords opened directly from the web browser.
How can I use Across Lite?
Once you have installed Across Lite on your computer, any file in Across format will open with a mouse click. To open and solve the crossword, click to launch it with an interactive screen.
Show Me An Example
An example of a puzzle opened with Across Lite:
One of its interesting features is the Pen/Pencil tool. You can write in your answers with a Pen if you're confident, and a lighter-coloured Pencil if in doubt.
Other features include the facility to resize the grid, change the position of clue prompt, print the puzzle, etc. There are also Check/Reveal options, which get enabled if the crossword publisher has provided solutions with the puzzle.
Where can I get Across Lite?
The installation is simple and quick, and is free for non-commercial use.
- Update Scanner: A tool for notifying you of online crossword updates
- Across Lite FAQ: A repository of questions about Across Lite installation and usage
- NYT Cryptic Crossword sample: An interactive NYT cryptic crossword sample using Across Lite